Community Resource Teams and Their Impact on at Risk Youth Essay

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Community oriented policing is the proactive deployment method used by patrol officers in order to find solutions to why crime is occurring within a given community. Officers use their critical thinking and problem solving skills to analyze and uncover the underlying issues of a community that are posing threats to public safety and address ways this can be prevented. In many communities throughout the United States, police officers strive to build better relationships with community members, yet building relationships with youth within a community, especially a community over run by gangs, crime and drugs is a much tougher issue. These juveniles are at higher risk for entering into the juvenile justice system based on the many risk…show more content…
In low income, run down communities the task of working with the community members is more challenging because most are fearful and have lost faith in their communities and local police. These are the communities that need community policing the most, so that generationally gangs, drug and violence do not continue to rule the neighborhoods. Collaboratively, parents and youth need to work with police so that they do not become at risk for falling into criminal activity, instead fight to make the communities they live in safer.
Generally a juvenile is coined the term “at risk” when they show signs of emotional or behavioral deterioration and meet general criteria that places them at risk for committing crime, dropping out of school or using drugs. Typically, but not always, these youth come from broken homes that lack one or more parental figures and have situations where financial struggles plagued their opportunities. It is also common for these youth to have witnessed or been victims of some type of abuse. The lack of positive role models in a youths life can be detrimental, studies show that at risk youth that grow up without positive role models have higher rates of: divorce, unemployment, substance abuse, criminal activity, welfare system dependence and psychiatric issues (Keating, Tomishima, Foster & Alessandri, 2002) later on in life. In the mean time, they remain at

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